~Having No Power Won't Hold Us Down!~

Jacksonville, Florida
October 9, 2016 3:16pm CST
It is official power will not be restored until Tuesday some time. It annoys us only because they fixed our whole street except 4 of us! Frustrating! But...yesterday was an amazing day for our family! We spent the day outside enjoying the breeze that we got. We played football and basketball while the baby was in his jumper watching us play. After we played for most of the day my husband cooked burgers and wings on the grill for us. It was a great day and dinner! We came inside and made shadow puppets with our flashlights. It was VERY hot when it was bedtime which was the tough part of the day. Without the distraction of tv and other devices we had a GREAT day as a family!! =) We did throw away a LOT of food that we don't have the money to replace but that's to be expected unfortunately.
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@NJChicaa (38442)
• United States
9 Oct 16
My sister lost power for 2 weeks after Sandy. She had a whole freezer in the basement full of food that she had to throw away. She said that was the last time she kept a second freezer full.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
9 Oct 16
@NJChicaa Yeah losing all of the food is the tough part. Our neighbors had 2 deep freezers full of food they lost too. I feel so bad for them. =(
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@marlina (72793)
• Canada
9 Oct 16
I am always scared of losing food in the freezer too and don't fill it up as much as I used to.
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@andriaperry (48750)
• United States
10 Oct 16
That is why I am home canning now instead of freezing
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@marlina (72793)
• Canada
9 Oct 16
So glad that you did have a wonderful day with your family,.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
10 Oct 16
@marlina Thank you we did have a good day! =)
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@BelleStarr (37666)
• United States
9 Oct 16
We have gone 4 days without power in the past, why did you lose food? We usually don't open the freezer or fridge and pack things in coolers with ice. It lasts for several days and we cooked things since they last longer when they are cooked.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
10 Oct 16
@Bellestarr We didnt have coolers or money to buy them. Our freezer was entirely melted, ice was water this afternoon. Its extremely hot here.
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@BelleStarr (37666)
• United States
10 Oct 16
@LovingMyBabies That is too bad, I am sorry, We started cooking immediately and hoped for the best. I am surprised though that if the door seals well that your freezer didn't stay frozen longer. I hope you will be able to get the food you will need for the kids.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
10 Oct 16
@BelleStarr We rent this house and nothing works the way it should so it really doesn't surprise me at all. It's not like we have top of the line, new appliances-we do not. He put the cheapest things he could find here so he could rent it out...
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@akalinus (15052)
• United States
9 Oct 16
That happened in our park after one of the hurricanes a decade ago. They turned on power in part of the park, but we had to wait a few more days. I don't know why they play favorites. Our power was out for over a week while the rest of the park had it.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
10 Oct 16
@akalinus I don't know why they play favorites either, it's very annoying though!
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@akalinus (15052)
• United States
10 Oct 16
@LovingMyBabies It will be so good when you get it on. You really appreciate electric when you don't have it.
@TRBRocks420 (75676)
• Banks, Oregon
10 Oct 16
Glad to hear you guys are still having fun and, sorry to hear about the food sad :(
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• Jacksonville, Florida
10 Oct 16
@trbrocks420 Thank you! We are trying to make the best out of a tough situation. =)
• Rochester, New York
9 Oct 16
I miss the days before computers and electronics came into our lives. We used to have family days on Sundays and now we're lucky to get together once a month!
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• Jacksonville, Florida
10 Oct 16
@Lisasteinmetz Yeah this has been nice just because we have had lots of family time. I hope you get family time soon too!
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@Juliaacv (29658)
• Canada
9 Oct 16
These are the times that build those fond memories for you and your family. I hope that you are still enjoying yourselves today and again tomorrow, and I'm SO relieved that you are all safe.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
10 Oct 16
@Juliaacv We did have another good day as a family today. My husband is working tomorrow though. Thank you, me too!
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@nonersays (2699)
• United States
9 Oct 16
You got hit with matthew too? Our house has been without power sine Friday, so even the food in the chest freezer will be thawed out soon if not already. :( We're staying at a hotel that is over charging which sucks. We are going to TRY to go home tomorrow, but are liekly to be without power for several more days. I told my family we'll just have to think of it like we're camping out.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
10 Oct 16
@nonersays Oh yeah we got hit too. It was Friday evening that we lost power here. We didn't have money for a motel or hotel and our vehicle isn't running right so we were stuck at home. Yeah its not bad during the day since there has been a nice breeze but at night it has been hot in our house. I hate sleeping in the heat and so does my 8 month old. =( We cannot wait for Tuesday!
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@Corbin5 (103216)
• United States
9 Oct 16
You really did make the best of an inconvenient situation. Wish they could restore you power sooner, but at least Tuesday will be a happy day for all.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
10 Oct 16
@corbin5 Yes we made it fun for all of us! =) We wish it was sooner too but we will do the best we can.
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@andriaperry (48750)
• United States
10 Oct 16
Sorry that its taken so long. I know it has to be hard with children.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
10 Oct 16
@andriaperry It is tough but we are trying to make the best of it. =)
@Morleyhunt (19723)
• Canada
10 Oct 16
You can become very imaginative when you don't rely on electronics for entertainment.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
10 Oct 16
@morleyhunt Yes I absolutely agree! =)
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@amnabas (9947)
• Karachi, Pakistan
10 Oct 16
Inspite of power breakdown you enjoyed your day that's a good thing.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
10 Oct 16
@amnabas Yeah we're trying to make the best of it. =)
@JudyEv (121368)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Oct 16
It's a shame you had to throw out food but great that you turned a sort of negative into a great big positive.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
10 Oct 16
@judyev Yeah we're trying to make the best out of this mess. Lol. Thank you. =)
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• Eugene, Oregon
10 Oct 16
Sorry to hear about that food, but glad you had a great day despite the storm.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
10 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic Thank you. Yeah we always try to make the best out of these situations we go through. =)
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@moffittjc (42194)
• Gainesville, Florida
10 Oct 16
Sounds like--despite your circumstances--you found the silver lining in the clouds! Glad to hear you are making the best of a bad situation!
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• Jacksonville, Florida
10 Oct 16
@moffittjc Thank you. Yes we are trying to make the best of it. =)
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@jstory07 (66140)
• Roseburg, Oregon
9 Oct 16
That is the bad part about no power. Food goes bad.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
10 Oct 16
@jstory07 Yeah I hate that food has gone to waste
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@thelme55 (14348)
• Germany
10 Oct 16
You have done the best out of the bad circumstances without having light. I am sure you will have a great memory of that day.
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• Prairieville, Louisiana
26 Mar 17
Burgers and wings what a tasty dinner.
• Prairieville, Louisiana
26 Mar 17
I hate losing power.
@Susan2015 (20417)
• United States
12 Oct 16
I do hope that your power is back on now. Never fun having to throw the food out.